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Panama City (CNN)This was the handshake that shook the Western Hemisphere.

President Obama briefly met his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, on Friday night at a dinner for the dozens of Latin American leaders convening in Panama City for the Summit of the Americas.

This was historic. The two nations have barely been on speaking terms — officially — for more than 50 years.

The meeting was so important that Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokesperson, issued a statement: “At the Summit of the Americas this evening, President Obama and President Castro greeted each other and shook hands.”150410231039-obama-and-castro-medium-plus-169

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